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With two NDP-held ridings headed for byelections, it would have been a greater risk not to parachute Ontario-based New Democrat leader Jagmeet Singh into the Burnaby South, B.C., seat, NDP strategists say of what will be a must-win contest for the rookie leader. While the party had long played coy with his options, Mr. Singh’s stated preference had been to challenge the Brampton riding where he held a provincial seat for six years and his younger brother just

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Singh risked irrelevancy staying out of B.C. race, say strategists, now ‘failure is not an option’

By Samantha Wright Allen      

It would be 'disastrous' for the NDP leader to lose the Burnaby seat, says ex-NDP national director Karl Bélanger, and with another NDP-held seat up for grabs in Quebec a less sure shot.

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh can’t afford to wait to get into the game and prove his mettle against Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the House of Commons, say New Democrats of his B.C. byelection bid. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
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